SC chiropractor charged with inappropriately touching patient

01/21/2014 3:19 PM

01/21/2014 3:22 PM

Surfside Beach police charged an area chiropractor in connection with a woman reporting she was inappropriately touched during an exam in November, according to a police report.

Albert Vincent Lamanna, 63, of Surfside Beach was booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center at 10:15 a.m. Thursday on a charge of first-degree assault and battery, according to jail records. Lamanna was released at 11:04 a.m. Friday on $30,000 bail.

Lamanna declined to comment about the arrest when reached by telephone Tuesday, and his attorney was not immediately available for comment.

In the police report filed Nov. 6, a 34-year-old woman told authorities that she went to a regularly scheduled appointment with Lamanna n Nov. 2. The victim said during an ultrasound of her buttocks because of chronic issues, she felt Lamanna “caress, like her husband would do.”

The victim also told officers that she felt Lamanna continued to inappropriately touch her again during the exam, according to the report. The victim said the incident lasted for about 10 minutes and Lamanna stopped touching her when another patient could be heard in another room

The victim said Lamanna “made the comment ‘I wish I could spend ore time with you’,” according to the report. The victim said Lamanna typically meets with her and the secretary after her appointments, but he did not do so on that day and he did not make any notes in her chart about the visit.

The victim also told police about an incident that occurred in 2010 while she was being treated by Lamanna for an adjustment of her coccyx, according to the report. The victim said to officers that after the November incident she questions that incident as well.

According to the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, Lamanna’s chiropractic license was issued on Dec. 16, 1993, and it is active until it expires on Sept. 30. Lamanna had no public action history with the board.

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